10/04/2009 11:00PM

Four-win stakes day for the Aga Khan


PARIS - Sunday's Arc undercard at Longchamp provided a cornucopia of Group 1 winners for the Aga Khan. Fresh from a pair of Group 2 triumphs on Saturday, the titular head of 10 million Ishmaeli Muslims won four of the most important races on the French calendar on Sunday, including a win by Shalanaya in the $370,000 Prix de l'Opera.

Dismissed at 17-1, Shalanaya, a 3-year-old daughter of Lomitas, rallied with the late run that is typical of so many of the Aga Khan's stamina laden homebreds. This time, however, the winner was trained not by Alain de Royer-Dupre, but by Mikael Delzangles, who recorded his first Group 1winner with the Aga.

The winner last time of the listed Prix de Liancourt, Shalanaya was ridden by Maxime Guyon to a 1 1/2-length victory over Board Meeting, clocking 2:01.80 for the 1 1/4 miles on good ground.

Concerning the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, Delzangles said, "Maybe. It's part of the plan. Nothing is decided, so we'll have to see."

Midday was third for Henry Cecil, a short head behind the runner-up.

"If she had won today, she would have gone to the Filly and Mare Turf," said Cecil of his Nassau Stakes winner. "Now, we'll just have to see."

Total Gallery surprised a field of top-rank European sprinters with a powerful front-running victory in the Group 1, $383,000 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp. A modestly bred son of Namid, Total Gallery earned himself an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint as a result as the only 3-year-old in the field of 16.

Second in a pair of Group 3 sprints in England of late, Total Gallery was put right on the lead by Johnny Murtagh and held off the 8-5 choice Fleeting Spirit by a neck, getting the straight five furlongs in a quick 55.10 seconds. It was another half-length back to South African and British Group 1 winner War Artist with 2007 Abbaye winner Benbaun a head farther behind in fourth.

The 13-1 Total Gallery is trained in Ireland by Stanley Moore, who said that "the Abbaye was always his long-term goal this season." He refused to rule out a try at the Turf Sprint, however, stating that the 6 1/2-furlong Santa Anita race is "a distinct possibility."

Fresh from a pair of Group 2 victories at Longchamp on Saturday, the Aga Khan dominated the two Group 1 juvenile races on the Sunday card.

The Group 1, $370,000 Prix Marcel Boussac went, as expected, to Rosanara. Sent off at 4-5, Rosanara, a daughter of Sinndar, came with a scintillating late run to defeat On Verra by a handy two lengths, clocking 1:37.20 for the mile.

Rosanara had been a four-length winner of a one-mile Longchamp maiden in her Sept. 1 debut, winning the same race that had been taken by the Aga Khan-owned Zarkava two years ago. Like Zarkava, the Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained Rosanara has now doubled up in the Marcel Boussac and is now the winter book favorite for the French filly classics.

In the $518,000, Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, Siyouni proved that he is not merely precocious with a convincing 1 1/2-length score over the pacesetting Pounced at 7-1. The winner of his first three starts for Royer-Dupre this past spring, Siyouni had been second two back in the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin to Friday's Cheveley Park Stakes winner Special Duty. Last time, he was second in the Group 3 Prix La

Rochette to the Godolphin-owned Buzzword, who was only third in the Lagardere, a half-length behind Pounced. The previously undefeated British invader Dick Turpin looked dull in coming home fifth of seven.

* Ninety minutes after the Arc, the Aga Khan landed his fourth Group 1 victory of the day as Alandi held off Kasbah Bliss by a short head to win the 2 1/2-mile Prix du Cadran. The Irish St. Leger winner was doubling the pleasure of trainer John Oxx and jockey Michael Kinane, who were still buzzing after their famous Arc triumph.

But the sentimantal favorite, four-time Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats, faded to third, beaten 1 1/2 lengths into third after leading through much of the stretch in the gallant 8-year-old's farewell to the races.